15 new nurses for the Coast

NURSES and midwives working across the Fraser Coast Health Service play a fundamental role in the health of their communities, Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District Northern Cluster Manager Beth Norton said yesterday.

“While nurses can sometimes go unrecognised for the work they perform, they are the cornerstone of health service delivery.

“They often work in challenging circumstances to deliver safe, high quality and reliable care.”

Ms Norton said the Fraser Coast Health Service had 15 nurse graduates take up positions at Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals in 2009 – one more than last year.

“They were among 983 graduates to take up places with Queensland Health this year – seven per cent more than in 2008.

“The health service continues to support local students at the University of Southern Queensland and those from Central Queensland University, TAFE and other universities by contributing to their undergraduate clinical development and providing transitional support for their graduate year.

“We are proud to be the launching pad for these new nursing careers and hope their experience with us will entice them to stay in the area after their initial 12 months.”

The two hospitals in the Fraser Coast health service (Hervey Bay and Maryborough) also supported student nurses with 317 placements since January this year.

Queensland Health had no plans to build a new hospital in Maryborough, she said.

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